Android

Intel invades lower tier market with Atom x3, x5, x7 chipsets

If you thought Intel was going to rest on its laurels by simply stating that their Atom chipset solutions were performing better than their Cortex competitors, you would be wrong. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Intel has made its intention known that they will compete in the market for lower tier devices, providing Atom chipset solutions that are competitively priced but provide better performance.

Gionee shows off new ELIFE S7 phone at MWC 2015

We don't hear much from Gionee but when we do, expect that the product is going to be a game-changer. The Gionee product we last saw was the Marathon M3 that impressed us with a 5000 mah battery. The phone manufacter is also known for holding the Guiness World Record for the thinnest smartphone. This week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Gionee has introduced the new Ultra Smartphone ELIFE S7. The latest smartphone was developed with the 'making slim to perfection' philosophy so we can be assured of another great product from Gioonee.

Alcatel launches Hero 2+ phablet, Cyanogen OS inside

Still at the Mobile World Congress, Alcatel is hyping its new partnership with Cyanogen, Inc. with the launch of the Hero 2+ phablet, a 6-inch device that features Cyanogen’s version of the Android OS as the main software. The device will be targeted at the North American market and Alcatel will be selling the phablet off-contract and unlocked.

Archos brings first 256 GB Android tablet, fusion storage

If before 128 GB tablets were already the best you could expect in terms of storage for that line of devices, it seems now with all the numerous apps, pictures, videos, and other media files, people are looking for even more space. Archos is bringing some storage innovations in the market, announcing the arrival of the first 256 GB tablet in the market and also introducing the idea of fusion storage to increase space on your device.

Sony Mobile head says they are not for sale

Despite statements from their CEO Kazuo Hirai that were apparently misconstrued, the Mobile division of Sony will not be for sale anytime soon. This is according to Hiroki Totoki, the head of that particular division. "It's completely untrue," was his strong statement to a French daily newspaper, when asked about any sort of plan to offload their section of the company.

Pebble embraces the future with Time Steel, Smartstraps

Pebble is obviously on a roll. After surprising the smartwatch world by announcing the colored display Pebble Time, which, by the way, now stands at $12 million when it was only looking for $500,000, it is now announcing not one but two "forward looking" glad tidings to its fans. The smartwatch pioneer and Kickstarter darling is revealing its concept for what it call Smartstraps. But end users and owners will probably be more excited for the other news: the stainless steel clad Pebble Time Steel.

Google no longer requires full-disk encryption on Lollipop by default

We were certain that Google would be adding encryption as default to the then upcoming Android L (now Android 5.0). A few months later, we discovered through a benchmark test by tech website AnandTech that Android 5.0 encryption was bringing storage performance issues to most smartphones already running Lollipop. Google seemed to be serious about requiring full-disk encryption on new phones but right now, the Internet giant is quietly backing away from its decision.

Google Play hosts 3rd Birthday Sale

Someone...err, something is turning a year older. It's Google Play's 3rd birthday and Google wants us to join the celebration by holding a special sale for all the Android lovers. Google has recently marked down prices on a few movies, apps, games, music, books, and TV shows on Play Store. Most premium apps are now available for as low as $0.10. The Internet giant definitely knows that Android fans are suckers for free or discounted apps and other stuff so it's hosting this special sale.

Android Lollipop catches up in latest distribution chart

We complained before how long it took for Android 5.0 to make it to Google's Android Distribution chart. But ever since it landed last month, it seems to be making strides. As of March 2, 2015, just at the beginning of MWC 2015, Android 5.0 Lollipop has climbed up to 3.3 percent of the pie. While still an extremely small number, it's already twice than it's number last month. If this is the start of a trend, Lollipop may very well quickly rise up to take a larger portion in the months to come.
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